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West Indies set NZ 364 to win one-dayer

The West Indies, with centuries to Kirk Edwards and skipper Dwayne Bravo, have given themselves a fighting chance of squaring their one-day cricket series against New Zealand.

 
 

THE West Indies, with centuries to Kirk Edwards and skipper Dwayne Bravo, have given themselves a fighting chance of squaring their one-day cricket series against New Zealand.

The tourists, down 2-1 going into the fifth and final match, posted a total of 4-363 after being sent in to bat in Hamilton on Wednesday.

Edwards finished unbeaten on 123, after he and Bravo (106) shared in a record 211-run partnership.

Their stand was the highest for any wicket by a West Indies pair in a one-dayer against New Zealand.

Edwards began sedately before moving up the gears.

His 108-ball knock included 12 fours and four sixes, and he brought up his maiden ODI ton with a boundary, although it was via a slightly lucky inside edge through fine leg.

Bravo got the second century of his 154 ODI-career before his entertaining innings came to end when he was caught at long-on from off-spinner Nathan McCullum (1-64).

Earlier, the West Indies were given a flying start by opener Kieran Powell, who had been left out of the previous game.

Powell was the dominant partner in an opening stand of 95 with Johnson Charles (31), contributing 73 runs in 44 balls.

He took 19 runs, including four boundaries, off one Mitchell McClenaghan over with a variety of shots.

There was a drive off the back foot through cover, one off the front foot through mid-off, a lofted six over mid-wicket and a flick through the vacant third man area.

The six was caught by a spectator, who won $NZ100,000 ($A93,850) for his feat as part of a beer company’s one-handed catching competition.

Powell was undone when he misjudged a McCullum delivery while trying to sweep and was given out leg before.

However, replays showed he should have challenged the decision, with the delivery projected to have missed leg stump.

The run rate slowed after Powell’s departure, but Edwards and Bravo, who came together with their side at 3-143, consolidated before accelerating.

 
 

 

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